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Students and Staff

If you are interested in arts and culture then Attenborough Arts Centre is the place to get your fix, especially as it’s located right on your university campus!

As a student studying at the University of Leicester there is loads to enjoy at Attenborough Arts. If you like being creative, you can learn a new art or craft every week with our brand new creative course ‘Wildcard Wednesdays’ for just £3 per class.

If you like music, spoken word or dance, you can experience the best local live music at one of our buzzing Gallery Late events. If you’re looking for work experience you can join our pool of volunteers. Or if you just want somewhere to hang out on campus, you’ll love our café bar.

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Free Exhibitions

Carbon Bell, 2019, jesmonite and hemp rope, 37 x 37 x 37 cm

Yambe Tam: Cosmic Garden

Saturday 18 September – Sunday 21 November 2021
Cosmic Garden’ is the result of a commission from Attenborough Arts Centre that builds upon an earlier installation presented at Barbican Arts Trust in 2019. The immersive sound and sculpture installation imagines a primordial garden that lies in darkness, a dry landscape of volcanic rock crushed and crystallised under the weight of time.

In this exhibition, Metallic wormholes are suspended in the air above. They sing a ghostly chorus about the infinity of space: a faint siren song whose vibrations draw rippling columns that appear to grow from the mineral pool below. ‘Cosmic Garden’ is a birthplace of protean waveforms that shift between sound, light, and matter, and is a space that the artist invites us to enter and contemplate the transitory nature of things.

Exhibition of various sculptures hanging from the ceiling and also on the floor

The World is a Work in Progress

25 September 2021 – 16 January 2022 
The World is a Work in Progress is an exhibition that invites local communities, contemporary artists and our visitors to come together to share their visions for the future. Encompassing tactile tapestry, spaces for thinking and dreamingbrand new sculpture and protest banners, the exhibition features newly commissioned works, co-produced projects and several significant loans by artists whose work actively engages with the conditions of our time. 

The artists represented in the exhibition respond to these themes in markedly different ways, but their practices are connected by an interest in social and political activism, co-production and concepts of futurity. Some highlight the inequalities and prejudice that exist in our societies today, acting as a call to action in the here and now. Other works explore a variety of possible futures and invite us to collaborate in imagining the future that we want for ourselves and our communities. If the world is a work in progress, what do we want to change? What might the next 100 years have in store? 

Participating Artists 

Ruth Beale, Michael Forbes, Khush Kali, Vince Laws, Bob & Roberta SmithKai Syng Tan, Jessica Voorsanger

Student activities

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Wildcard Wednesday

£5 | Wednesdays, 6pm – 8pm
Tutor: It’s a surprise

The exiting return of Wildcard Wednesday, exclusively for students!
Wildcard Wednesday is a weekly event to learn new crafts. Join us for this great opportunity to relax, make new friends, and try a range of crafts from pottery to painting or embroidery to tie-dye!
Each week will be something different and you won’t know what you’ll be doing until you begin.
We want to celebrate welcoming you back to AAC, so there will be free pizza for the first session!
We cant wait to see you, and we promise we wont steal a slice…..


Gallery Late

Free | Friday 19 November, 8pm – 11pm
Gallery Lates are back!!

Artist-led, Silver Vine Arts will be taking over AAC’s Gallery Late in November for an exciting evening of art and live music programmed by Magic Teapot. The event will be showcasing talented musicians and bands including Echolocation, Flynny O’Flynn, Strizzy Strauss, and Smoke Test!

There will be visual art elements to the evening by James Chantry and performance artist Queenie Tea.

There will also be the opportunity to support a wide range of local artists and buy original arts and crafts from stalls.

Silver Vine Arts will also unveil a collaborative evening of interactive art and performance, and of course life drawing will be part of the programme too.

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Pottery for all Drop-in

£12 | Every Tuesday, 1.30pm – 4pm
Tutor: Dee Barnes
A drop-in class for beginners, newcomers and regulars to learn without the commitment to a 10 week course. Each week you will learn pinch, slab and coiling techniques, and how these can be utilised to create imaginative and practical pieces of pottery. Dee will help you to make your ideas come alive, creating pieces such as mugs, ceramic boxes, vases, or decorative ornaments. You will learn how to apply slips and glazes, adding colour and decoration to your creations.
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Independent Life Drawing

£10/£5 | Every Thursday, 5pm – 7pm
Tutor: Jeremy Barnes
Drop-in whenever it suits you to practice your life drawing in a supportive environment. Booking advised to avoid disappointment. Please note only newsprint is provided and you will be required to bring your own drawing materials.

Creative learning courses

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Art courses for all

Drop In / If your timetable is unpredictable or you’d like to test the waters trying something new, then pop along to our drop in classes any time.

Salmon Gallery

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Your place to relax on campus

Take a moment to relax in Gallery 3, our new COVID-safe social space. With socially distanced seating, music, you can experience art in a way you haven’t before.

NUS and theatre tickets

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Wide range of theatre events

Feel comfortable trying something new? From theatre, to comedy and dance, to jazz performances, our programme has something for everyone.

Philharmonia Scholarship

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Develop your musical skills with the best

The University of Leicester has a long-established relationship with the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra. As part of this arrangement, we are able to offer this scholarship under which talented student musicians receive one-on-one training from members of the Philharmonia.

Teaching Excellence

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Work with us

We would be happy to explore with you and your department how we might add value to
your planning for the new academic year.